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New urban fruit orchard to benefit underserved Canadians

Two new community orchards in Canada will provide health benefits to formerly homeless tenants, help the environment, beautify the northeast neighbourhood and build community, according to the people behind the project.

“The folks that are receiving these donations of trees are folks that might otherwise not have access to fresh fruit,” said Stephanie Jackman.

She’s the founder and president of a Canadian business association called REAP, which stands for Respect for the Earth and All People.

Feeling down? Take a hike

A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.

Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

Study Reveals Perspectives and Values of CT’s Woodland Owners

A recent study by Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies takes an in-depth look into the “who and why” of Connecticut private land ownership. The study entitled “Understanding Connecticut Woodland Owners” is a first-of-its-kind analysis of the attitude, values, and challenges of people who own woodlands in Connecticut.
 

Southern Group of State Foresters to Meet in San Antonio

The Southern Group of State Foresters is holding its 2015 conference in the Alamo City. Alongside colleagues from numerous state and federal agencies, forest-based industries and non-profits, attendees have an opportunity to learn, share and consider the unique challenges and opportunities ahead for southern forests.

SC State Forester to receive Gifford Pinchot Medal

South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama has been selected to receive the Society of American Foresters’ Gifford Pinchot Medal. One of the most esteemed forestry awards in the nation, the medal is presented every two years to a forestry professional in recognition of exceptional contributions to the administration, practice and development of forestry in North America.

Nominees for the Gifford Pinchot Medal have demonstrated exemplary actions that further the field of forestry by making an indelible mark on the profession and being a person of action.

Texas A&M Forest Service Responds to Flooding

During the Memorial Day weekend, as part of a month-long string of weather incidents, deadly storms struck parts of Texas and Oklahoma dumping record rainfall and causing torrential flooding.  Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, bridges and roads were washed out, the fourth-largest city in the U.S. was brought to a stand-still, at least 5 people were killed and countless others are injured or missing.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared disasters in 37 counties and said “It is absolutely massive -- the relentless tsunami-type power of this wave of water."

Policy Counsel Receives Natural Resources Award

The University of Idaho College of Natural Resources selected Brent Keith, NASF's Policy Counsel, to receive the CNR Celebrating Natural Resources Award for 2015. 

Brent Keith Award

Each year the College of Natural Resources Leadership Team selects alumni meeting the requirements of noteworthy achievement for six distinguished college awards. The CNR Celebrating Natural 

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Welcomes Virginia State Forester to Board

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) has announced that four leaders have been elected to the independent Board of Directors, including Virginia State Forester Bettina Ring.

Bald Eagles May Have Hatched in DC Nest

Eaglets may have been hatched by the first pair of bald eagles to nest in the District of Columbia since 1947, an Environment Department spokeswoman in the U.S. capital said on Monday.

The nesting bald eagles, the U.S. national emblem, were noticed by staff in a tree at the park-like National Arboretum in January, according to the Arboretum website.

Wildlife experts believed the pair began incubating eggs in late January, and the normal five-week incubation period has expired.

Pacific Islands Forestry Committee Convenes in Yap, Micronesia

Foresters from across the United States' affiliated Pacific Islands met in Yap, Micronesia this month for their annual collaboration meeting.

From March 1-6, about 50 attendees took part in Yap Days cultural observances; field visits to forest, fire and watershed restoration sites; and coordination meetings with partners in the USDA Forest Service, Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) and executive director of the Council of Western State Foresters, Micronesia Conservation Trust, and Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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